LAS VEGAS (AP) - Manny Pacquiao barely escaped to fight another day, and would need 28 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. Juan Manuel Marquez had nearly ended his remarkable run, but that didn't stop Pacquiao from singing at his post-fight concert and partying the night away with his huge entourage.
ATLANTA (AP) - John Smoltz exhaled heavily and shook his head minutes after his No. 29 was retired by the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went to the outfield for stretching Friday and got one of the biggest surprises of his life.
PARIS (AP) - Wind blew in her face, kicking up flecks of clay, and Maria Sharapova stood at the baseline, knowing she needed one more point to reach her first French Open final and return to No. 1 in the rankings.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the New Jersey Devils alive.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - At the beginning of the video the Oklahoma City Thunder play before their starting lineups are announced, there's a message on the scoreboard.
BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James pushed away elimination, right along with any defender who tried to stop him.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Jeff Maggert and John Merrick shot 4-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the St. Jude Classic, leaving U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy two strokes back.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - If Vernon Davis stays after practice to push the weighted sled, Delanie Walker is usually right there with him.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs received a letter this week from a 6-year-old Giants fan named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from the boy's piggy bank - the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Cain didn't flinch, whether it was dealing with the four errors committed by his teammates or facing a bases-loaded situation with no outs.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics leave town feeling a whole lot better than they did when they arrived at home just four days ago.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dee Gordon hit a go-ahead single to back Chris Capuano and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Wednesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer after a Detroit error kept a first-inning rally going, and Johnny Damon added a two-run single and an impressive catch in left field to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The oldest coach to win a Super Bowl will get at least three more shots at adding to his total.
DENVER (AP) - It used to be the domain of soccer players, NBA forwards and the occasional punter.
BOSTON (AP) - Most Valuable Papi.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs last season in the second round, five of the seven games were decided by one-goal margins. It was more of the same Wednesday night in the first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Say goodbye, A.I.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Mark Watson has been named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the Associated Press power poll.
The Bengals are on a tear, the Dolphins are in a slump. When they meet Thursday night in Miami, nothing indicates a Cincinnati loss. Yet Miami is only a 2½ -point underdog.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton has heard all the talk: He can't win a big game, his arm isn't strong enough to complete the long pass, and he'll never be more than a caretaker quarterback.
BOSTON (AP) - Generations of New Englanders are preparing. Practically no one alive can remember seeing such an event unfold: The Boston Red Sox could win a World Series title on the celebrated green grass at Fenway Park.
OAKLAND (AP) - Every basketball fan in the country and around the globe saw the potential of the Golden State Warriors last season when Stephen Curry stayed healthy and got hot in the playoffs.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Here's a statement that seemed unlikely just a few months ago: the Sacramento Kings are about to begin the 2013-14 season.
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.
MIAMI (AP) - The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary testified Tuesday that he never went into the player's home that night and cast his confession as coming only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco's bye week. Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over.
The New England Patriots acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles along with a sixth-round pick in 2014 for a fifth-rounder next year.